The people can never understand why the President does not use his powers to make them behave. Well all the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. - Harry Truman A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Among America´s presidents, Harry Truman´s presidency produced some of the nation´s most crucial decisions and left one of the nation´s most unique legacies. When President Franklin Roosevelt died in April 1945, Vice President Truman, somewhat unprepared for the Presidency, now had to fill some of the biggest shoes in American history. Incredibly, Truman had not been informed of the country´s secret attempt to build atomic bombs, confiding in his diary after learning about it, ´´We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.´´ The new president had to usher America through victory in Europe in his first month and decide to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a few months later, but the end of World War II produced only the first of many consequential decisions Truman would face during his nearly eight years in office. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037621/bk_acx0_037621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. That´s what attracts us to the man who paints the flagstaff on the tall building, or to the ´human fly´ who scales the walls of the same building. (Harry Houdini) A lot of time has been spent covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute. And they can do so while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. There is no shortage of professional magicians and stunt men in the 21st century, but all of them owe something to the most famous stunt man of them all: Harry Houdini. A century after he began to thrill audiences with his patented escape acts, Houdini´s name remains synonymous with seemingly miraculous escapes and getaways. His name is instantly recognizable even among those who have never seen pictures of his stunts. Houdini wasn´t the first of his kind. But after he got his start as ´´Harry Handcuff Houdini´´ during a traveling European tour he added the kind of showmanship and flair that have become standard fare among performers of his kind. His initial repertoire of escaping handcuffs eventually gave way to far grander feats, involving skyscrapers, straitjackets, and being buried alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allison McKay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034299/bk_acx0_034299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book covers the topic of Harry Truman, one of the most influential US presidents in history. Truman was sworn in as the 33rd president of the United States, during the middle of World War II. This meant that every decision the new president made would be watched closely by all; and have an immense impact on the future of not only the United States, but also Europe, Asia, and the Soviet Union.As you will soon discover, Harry S. Truman was not your typical president. He was rough around the edges and was bold in his decisions and actions. Ultimately, he was faced with making some very tough decisions during a very trying time in history. His actions, while met with a lot of controversy, were instrumental in ending World War II, preventing a war with the Soviet Union, and establishing the United Nations.This book documents President Truman’s life from start to finish. You will learn of his childhood, early career, and how he became the president of the United States. Further, you will learn about his political beliefs, and the impact he had on shaping the world as we know it today.At the completion of this book, you will have a good understanding of Harry Truman and his eventful life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Lechtanski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152367/bk_acx0_152367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book aims to serve as a biography of Harry S. Truman and explores the incredible life that he lived.Inside, you will hear about stories of Harry´s childhood, his career in the Army, his family life, and his unlikely journey to presidency. You will also discover how much positive change that Harry S. Truman was responsible for during his time in office as the 33rd President of the United States, as well as how forward thinking and revolutionary he was for the time.At the completion of this book, you should have a great understanding of Harry Truman and what type of a President and man he truly was. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121035/bk_acx0_121035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hope: Bride of New Jersey is third in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.In this faithful Jane Eyre retelling, Hope Middleton was all but thrown away by the family that was supposed to care for her. Now on her own, she loses her job when the factory where she worked burned to the ground. With no other alternatives, she answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride and travels to Newark, New Jersey, expecting a simple life in a quiet community. Instead, she is thrown into the middle of the dark mystery that surrounds her enigmatic fiancé, with only the chance of falling in love as her saving grace. This retelling brings the drama of a Bronte classic together with the romance of a mail-order bride novella. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131861/bk_acx0_131861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grace: Bride of Montana by NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Debra Holland is number 41 in the unprecedented 50-Book American Mail-Order Brides series. Practical Grace Dickinson thought she had her life all planned, including picking out the perfect husband. But she couldn´t have predicted the disaster that changed everything, leaving her no choice but to become a mail-order bride to a most imperfect man. Grace: Bride of Montana is also part of Debra Holland´s award-winning Montana Sky Series, which includes The Mail-Order Brides of the West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lara Asmundson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056288/bk_acx0_056288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Willow: Bride of Pennsylvania is second in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. When a fire destroys the factory where Willow Miller works, her only choice for a secure future comes through becoming a mail-order bride to ex-Amish Amos Stoltzfus and moving to her ancestral home of Pennsylvania. Hope carries her forward into a new life, but guilt over her part in the fire that destroyed the factory threatens to hold her back. Amos Stoltzfus is overjoyed to bring someone as sweet and special as Willow into his life to recapture a sense of family and love that he has been missing. But Amos has a past of his own and unresolved conflict with his neighbor and former best friend, Mark Lapp, that stands in the way of family, happiness, and the community around him. Can Willow help resolve the pain and heal the breach that divides Amos from his community and his culture, or will her troubles stand in the way of her and Amos´ happiness? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049667/bk_acx0_049667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweet, wholesome romance set in 1890. Lilly Lind was forced to emigrate from Sweden two years ago, due to circumstances beyond her control. She finds a job as a garment maker in the Brown Textile Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, finally feeling as though she is settling in her new country. Then a suspicious fire burns the mill, making Lilly seek another way to survive. She answers a mail-order bride ad in the Grooms´ Gazette and sets off for Chicago, believing she will be a business owner´s wife. Kansas rancher Seth Reagan travels to the Union Stockyards in Chicago to attend the 1890 American Fat Stock Show, the American Horse Show, and to purchase horseflesh to augment his herd. When arriving at the train station, he overhears a conversation between a young woman and a shady-looking man. Seth becomes concerned for the mail-order bride who is whisked away to a saloon, not to her new husband´s home. When Seth goes to the saloon to check on the young woman, he finds her in trouble and offers to help her escape. While buying horses and arranging their return travel to Kansas, Seth realizes he would like to bring Lilly home with him, too, but she is still being hunted by the saloon owner´s thugs. Lilly´s good fortune in meeting Seth makes her want to start a life with this man, but he came to Illinois for horses, not a bride. Would he want her after he learns of her secrets? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057611/bk_acx0_057611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.